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Dinner Tonight, Lunch Tomorrow: Pea Recipes

by Holly Kapherr


Dinner Tonight, Lunch Tomorrow: Pea Recipes

Try this beef recipe to get a little green into your kid. Secret ingredient? Peas! Leftovers can be mashed with rice for a baby-friendly lunch. Plus, six more yummy ways to use peas

If you're like me and you always have a bag of frozen peas in the freezer (you know, for bruises and bumps as well as dinner) this one-pot meal is for you. Serve the Beef 'N' Peas recipe over rice or pasta and you'll have a meal that pleases even the pickiest of eaters (what kid doesn't love peas?) and a much healthier option than a boxed hamburger dinner mix.

Click here to view the full Beef 'N' Peas Recipe here.

Take the leftover peas and mash them with some rice for a lunch any baby would go gaga over (just leave out the salt). Don't shy away from the basil, either. Studies show that babies who are introduced to spices and herbs earlier are less likely to be picky eaters later. Smashed Peas with Rice is also a really yummy side dish when seasoned and goes well with grilled chicken or turkey tenderloin.

Click here to view the full Smashed Peas with Rice recipe here.

Plus, Six More Yummy Ways to Use Peas

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6 Pea Recipes

by Parenting Magazine


6 Pea Recipes

They may be tiny, but these little green gems pack a big nutritional punch. Here are six ways to dish 'em up—including pea pesto!

They may be tiny, but these little green gems pack a big nutritional punch. Here are six ways to dish 'em up!

1 Pea-camole Mash 1 cup peas with half an avocado. Fold in 1 seeded, chopped tomato, 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro, and 1 crushed garlic clove. Season with salt and pepper.

2 Little Dumplins Combine 1 cup peas, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 garlic clove, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the middle of wonton wrappers. Fold and pinch the edges together to form triangles. Bake in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden.

3 Smoke Signals Crisp 1/4 cup chopped bacon, ham, or prosciutto in a nonstick pan with 1 small chopped yellow onion. Add 2 cups peas, salt, and pepper, and stir gently until warmed through.

4 Mmm…Mint! Combine 2 cups peas, 1/4 cup chopped mint, and 1/4 cup feta-cheese crumbles. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

5 Pesto, Please Combine 1 cup peas, 1/4 cup slivered almonds, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 3 Tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper in a food processor until pureed. Serve pesto on garlic bread, as a sandwich spread, or tossed together with pasta.

6 Pea Patties Pulse 2 cups peas, 1/2 small onion, 1 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt, and 1 tsp salt in a food processor until combined but not completely smooth. Stir in 1 tsp all-purpose flour, 1 egg, and 1 cup plain bread crumbs. Chill mixture for 1 hour. Form into patties and fry in a few tablespoons of heated canola oil 3 minutes on each side. Drain patties on paper towels before serving.

Plus, Try This Picky-Eater Pleaser: Puree peas, then blend them into your child's favorite soup or dip.